Important State Code Sections

Outline of Important Code Sections
These code sections outline involuntary evaluation and treatment procedures. All citations are to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA):
  • 37-3-1; 37-7-1: Definitions
  • 37-3-40; 37-7-40: Designation of Emergency Receiving Facilities
  • 37-3-41; 37-7-41: Emergency Admission on Professional's Certificate or Court Order
  • 37-3-42; 37-7-42: Emergency Admission--Persons Arrested--Penal Offenses
  • 37-3-43; 37-7-43: Procedure after Emergency Admission: Further Evaluation on Dr.'s Certificate or Discharge
  • 37-3-60; 37-7-60: Designation by Department of Evaluating Facilities
  • 37-3-61; 37-7-61: Petition for Court-Ordered Evaluation
  • 37-3-62; 37-7-62: Hearing on Petition for Evaluation
  • 37-3-64; 37-7-64: Length of Detention in Evaluating Facility
  • 37-3-80; 37-7-80: Designation of Treatment Facilities
  • 37-3-81; 37-7-81: Detention beyond Evaluation Period: Hospital Petition
  • 37-3-81.1; 37-7-81: Disposition of Patient upon Hearing
  • 37-3-82; 37-7-82: Failure to Comply with Outpatient Treatment Plan
  • 37-3-83; 37-7-3: Continued Involuntary Hospitalization
  • 37-3-90; 37-7-90: Physician's or Psychologist's Certification
  • 37-3-91; 37-7-91: Discharge of Persons Meeting Outpatient Care Criteria
  • 37-3-92; 37-7-92: Outpatient Hearing and Notice
  • 37-3-93; 37-7-93: Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment
  • 37-3-95; 37-7-95: Notice of Discharge to Law Enforcement Agency 
  • 37-3-122; 37-7-122: Payment of Expenses in connection with Hearings
  • 37-3-147; 37-7-147: Patient Representatives and Guardian ad Litem
  • 37-3-150; 37-7-150: Appeal

Note: For the text of these code sections, you may wish to consult your county law library or the online version of the code